Plato for Kids
Plato’s nutrition & exercise tips.
Sharing meals together when your children are young can set them up for building good eating habits in the years to come.1 When eating together, consume a variety of foods from five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and grains.
Be a food role model for your kids by sticking to these basic principles:2
- Choose whole grains over refined grains.
- Regularly opt for whole fruits over juice.
- Eat more vegetables by trying a variety of different colored veggies.
- Incorporate a mix of proteins (seafood, lean meats, lean poultry, eggs, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and soy products).
- Add nutrient-dense dairy sources, such as lower-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.
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Plato tips to help your child stay active:3
- Encourage your kids to play actively several times every day.
- Limit TV, tablet, and other screen time to less than one hour total per day, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.4
- Be a role model and stay active yourself. Your child will learn from you that being physically active is fun and beneficial.
- Make playtime fun for the entire family! Take a walk together, play catch, kick a ball, or dance together.
1 Hayes, Dayle, MS, RD. "Raise Healthy Eaters in the New Year." EatRight.org. January 3, 2020.
2 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). “Key Recommendations: Components of Healthy Eating Patterns.” 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 8th ed. November 21, 2016.
3 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Physical Activity for Preschoolers.” ChooseMyPlate.gov. Accessed January 13, 2020.
4 Hill, David, et al. “Media and Young Minds.” Pediatrics 138, no. 5 (November 2016): 1098-4275.
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